Davenport Withdraws From Sydney With Knee Injury<br />
Lindsay Davenport By Richard Pagliaro<br />01/04/2002
Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the adidas International tournament in Sydney, Australia today leaving her status for the Australian <br />Open in doubt. Tennis Week has learned Davenport is still suffering from the bone bruise to her right knee she sustained during the November 3rd semifinals of the Sanex WTA Tour Championships in Munich, Germany.
<br />The injury initially occurred earlier in the 2001 season and sidelined Davenport for 12 weeks. A recurrence of the injury forced the 25-year-old Californian to withdraw from the Sanex final against Serena Williams. Despite nearly eight weeks of rest and rehabilitation, the knee has not fully healed.
The Australian Open starts on January 14th. Davenport has not played a match since her dramatic 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Kim Clijsters at the year-end event. Her withdrawal from Sydney means she would enter the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne with no match preparation should she be healthy enough to play.
"The injury Lindsay sustained to her knee during her semifinal match at the championships in Munich has not yet healed 100 percent," Tony Godsick, Davenport's agent at IMG, told Tennis Week today. "She continues to rehabilitate the knee and still hopes to be able to fly to Melbourne next week to try and participate in the Australian Open."
The 2000 Australian Open champion has reached the Australian Open semifinals for four consecutive years. Davenport was playing her best tennis of the year prior to her injury in November and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second time in her career.
"This is one of the toughest days of my career," a disappointed Davenport said after the injury forced her to withdraw from the Sanex WTA Tour Championships. "I can't tell you how badly I feel. It's the worst possible way to end a season"
GET WELL SOON LINDSAY!!WE MISS YOU!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 07:59 PM
Poor Lindsay... GET WELL SOON.
SEE YOU AT OZ...hopefully!!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:00 PM
Oh so the injury was prettys erious! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> Hope you get better Lindsay. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:01 PM
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:03 PM
Oh no! <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
I really hope Linds plays the Australian. Majors deserve all the top girls.
Get well Lindsay!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:12 PM
Oh no, this is terrible news! I wondered how Lindsay was doing and I am sorry to hear that she is still having problems. I hope that she will be able to make the Oz.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:24 PM
I hope she's HEALTHY enough to play OZ - if not, I'd rather she stayed home for her own sake.
Here's hoping this is precautionary.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:28 PM
nooooo <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> ... i hope she is better for the oz.. otherwise that really fucken bites err <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> <img src="mad.gif" border="0">
poor linds i hope she gets better fast
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:30 PM
Damn! Well it will be a matter of just time for her to heal completely thank god. I am glad Lindsay is gonna wait until she's 100% healed.
I'm tellin you the tour is so demanding on the body anymore. Get better soon Lindsay!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:30 PM
What sad news.
I really hope Lindsay is well enough to play in Melbourne,
but if she's still injured, I hope she pulls out before the draw is made, and not after, so that Monica can be the #8 seed
Get better soon, Lindsay!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:32 PM
Sorry to hear this. <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Please get well soon, Lindsay!!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:42 PM
Get well soon Lindsay <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Its probably the best to withdraw if the injury is still there...
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:44 PM
The bad news is that apparently this re-injury is worse than the original bone bruise she suffered in March that side-lined her for 2 months. Not to be pessimistic, but I would be surprised if she is completely healthy come time for Oz.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 08:52 PM
Hopefully she is back in time for the Oz Open she has to go out and win it!!!!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:00 PM
I think people (perhaps rightly) tried to play down the seriousness of the injury at the time.
Potentially, it was on the cards that it could see her sidelined for the very beginning of the year, since it was identical injury to what kept her out middle third of last year.
It's difficult to say how fully prepared Lindsay would need to be to go to Oz Open. I hope she goes, but obviously if she's not right she has to stay at home. <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:09 PM
I hope ol' LD can get the injury situated so that she can make the trip to the Aussie.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:13 PM
Oh, no! I can't believe this, I was looking so forward to seeing Lindsay play again. She needs to be better for the Australian Open, even if she has no preparation, or I will be devastated. C'mon, Lindsay, heal up! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:13 PM
aaaaaarrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I was worried this would happen, since the last bone bruise was so bad. Dawn Marie, you are right about the tour... <br /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" /> grrrrrr
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:20 PM
This is surprisingly very bad news for Lindsay and all tennis fans as well.<br />I hope that this is an injury that will recover quickly.<br />Damn the WTA and their year long schedules. <img src="mad.gif" border="0">
TR <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:46 PM
Bad way to end last season and horrible way to start 2002. Hope she heals in time for the AO!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 09:53 PM
OH NOOOOOO! I knew this would happen, I had a really bad feeling and now itīs true <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
I donīt expect Lindsay playing at OZ, itīs pretty improbable. Itīs really a shame.
Get well soon, Linds!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:02 PM
I feel bad for Lindsay and her fans.<br />Lindsay needs to be 100% before getting back on court, because it could only happen again, and be possibly worse...<br />Hopefully you get better Lindsay!
<br /> P.S. It's not the tours fault completely.<br />If Lindsay, Martina, and Jennifer all played 12-14 tournies like Venus and Serena, the Wta would be FORCED to reduce the schedule.<br />It's just not possible to stay health week in and week out, especially if you are playing every week different place, if you are playing in uncomfortable conditions, if you have to run a lot everyday left, right, forward, back, jumb up, down...It's stressful, fatique, etc...<br />Wta won't do it unless they have to, there losing money if they do cut tournies,<br />Even with Martina Hingis' technically awesome strokes, she got injured as well, but with Lindsays(Venus and Serena and Jennifers also) power, no suprise they get injured.<br />You would get injured if you hit so hard(like the big babes), and you would also get injured if you ran after those winners(consistent players, especially Martina).<br />It's confusing <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
<br /> GET BETTER LINDSAY!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:11 PM
I am surprised she hasn't pulled out of the Oz Open as well - I can't imagine the knee could get that much better in one week????
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:16 PM
I wish her a complete and quick recovery! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:17 PM
Even if she pulls out of the Australian, I suspect she will pull out well after the draw is made. I'm sure that that will be a last minute decision with hopes that she will get better.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:28 PM
Where did you find this out???
As usual none of the major news services are reporting it - seems Linds is still taking those invisible pills!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:34 PM
Gosh that's really bad! Even though this would be very good for Martina's hunt to #1 <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> , I'm very sad for Lindsay. She is a great competitor and definitely doesn't deserve all this injuries blaming her successful career. Have a speedy recovery Lindsay!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:34 PM
sucks for lindsay, im prettty sure with her withdrawl Serena will win the adidas warm-up, even though i was looking forward to a match between tha two.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:41 PM
Damn.<br />I was looking forward to seeing all the girls in Melbourne. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
I doubt that Lindsay will show up now.<br />Hope she gets better soon.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:46 PM
what a bad way not only to finish a year but to start the next as well....
GET WELL LINDSAY! and take full care of it!
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:47 PM
Aww this is really sad. She pushed herself those last few months and gained the #1. Only to be injured at the end of it all, and now it's effecting her 2002 run. I was really looking forward to her playing at the Adidas, and hopefully the AO. But I hope she doesn't go if it's not fully injured and keep herself out even longer. GET WELL SOON LINDSAY! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Jan 3rd, 2002, 10:53 PM
By the way Adi. It's not the tours fault completely, but they do set the rules and pace of the season. Players that want to conquer the system have to do what is required. The least the WTA could do is monitor the player injuries throughout the year. If they expect players to play enough tournaments to sustain or gain points on their ranking then they can do whatever it takes to try to cut down on the injuries by putting some kind of break in the season. Either a longer one at the end or one between the French and Wimledon. Just my opinion. Not only do the players suffer, but their fans, and the tour itself when players can't play because of an injury.
Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:03 PM
Bad luck for Lindsay, but if she feels she may be ready for the Aussie Open the injury is obviously nearly healed.
Poor Jennifer Capriati - this will be the second time she has become #1 in the world because a player withdraws through injury. Hingis withdrawing at Filderstadt gave her the top spot, now Lindsay's Sydney withdrawal means she will get the #1 ranking again. Mind you, with Jen defending only second round points and Lindsay the defending finalist, Jen was likely to get it again anyway.
Get well soon, Lindsay!
Jan 4th, 2002, 12:14 AM
Get well soon Lindsay!!!!!!!!! <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" />
Jan 4th, 2002, 01:23 AM
c2 these ladies I think are finally realizing that Venus and Serena are on to something. Not that they can't get hurt while still playing fewer tourneys but imho decreasing the schedule is a plus anymore.
Jan 4th, 2002, 01:53 PM
And I just bought 3 tickets to see the adidas International! She was the main reason why I was going! Oh it's not going to be as good now.
Well I hope she gets better. I doubt she'll play in the Oz Open. Oh how sad! Well I guess it's now Monica's turn to win the Australian Open.
GET WELL SOON LINDSAY!............. (or else ;))
Jan 4th, 2002, 02:14 PM
Get well soon Lindsay! I'll miss you! :(
Jan 4th, 2002, 06:56 PM
Isn't this the same thing that happened at the FO with Davenport, she withdrew from the warmups, went to Paris, practiced for one day and then withdrew from the FO? Like another poster pointed out, how much is her knee going to heal in another week. I'm predicting that Davenport will pull out of AO and Tokoyo the week after. If Davenport's knee is still troubling her I doubt if she has done any prep work for Australia and by all accounts that's one tourney that you have to be well conditioned for, in order to get use to the sun and heat.
Davenport has 178pts. to defend at Sydney, 436 at AO and 426 at Tokoyo.
So when all is said and done Davenport will probably fall to number 4 or 5 in the rankings and perhaps even more depending on how well Serena and Kim do at these three tournaments.